The American River College women’s volleyball team stumbled Saturday at the state championships, dropping all three sets (25-21, 25-19, 25-15) to undefeated Irving Valley.
The Beavers, who had won 19 matches in a row, must defeat Grossmont this morning to continue in the double-elimination California Community College Athletic Association tournament at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.
Annie Mitchern led the victorious Lasers (24-0) with 14 points and 11 kills. Nicole Hareland had 10 points and nine kills for ARC, which dropped to 26-4.
In the four-team tournament’s first match, Grossmont fell to Cabrillo, keeping the Seahawks undefeated. The Griffins, who won only the second set, slipped to 28-4. The match was highlighted by Cabrillo freshman outside hitter Kelsey Shaver setting a state championship-match record for most kills by a North Region player with 31.
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Saturday’s play concluded with the winners, Cabrillo and Irving Valley, squaring off. The loser of that match will play the winner of this morning’s elimination game between ARC and Grossmont.